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Apologetics

When Christian beliefs come under attack, it is easy to become defensive or doubtful in response. Presented by seasoned apologists, including NT Wright, John Lennox and Australia’s John Dickson, this subject explores thoughtful answers to challenging questions, providing participants with critical arguments to both promote and defend the reasonable nature of the Christian faith. Questions tackled include: How trustworthy are the Gospel records? Hasn’t science disproved Christianity? What difference does Christianity really make?

Lesson 1
In Part A, Julie-anne Laird, AFES staff worker in Melbourne Australia, helps to define apologetics and explain its value. She also talks about presenting the gospel message to different people in different ways, according to their particular questions. Part B sees Tom (NT) Wright in discussion with Kara Martin about the historical evidence for Jesus, what we can know about Jesus the person from both inside and outside the biblical accounts, and the significance of Jesus as a living person.
CONTENTS: Videos, Handouts, Quiz

Lesson 2
Part A of this lesson, featuring John Dickson, focuses on the gospel accounts and why we can be confident in their historical reliability. In Part B, Tom Wright gives a basis for the claim that Jesus is the only way to God, and explores helpful responses to those who find this claim challenging.
CONTENTS: Videos, Handouts, Quiz

Lesson 3
In Part A, Scott Harrower discusses the existence of miracles, their importance in the Christian faith, the common objections to the miraculous and some ways to counteract such objections. In Part B we hear from Simon Smart and John Dickson about the problem of suffering, the challenge it presents to belief in a good and powerful God, and the Christian response to this dilemma.
CONTENTS: Videos, Handouts, Quiz

Lesson 4
John Lennox tackles the subject of science and Christianity in Part A of this lesson, looking at the danger of scientific fundamentalism and demonstrating that scientific belief and the Christian faith can be complementary. In Part B, Simon Smart and John Dickson return to look at the world religions, their similarities and differences, exploring their value and uncovering the uniqueness of Christianity amidst other worldviews.
CONTENTS: Videos, Handouts, Quiz

Lesson 5
Part A focuses on the need for an external foundation to our ethical frameworks. John Lennox presents on science and morality, the difficulty of justice that is independent of God, and the legacy of the Judeo-Christian framework. In Part B, John Dickson and Simon Smart continue the discussion of Christianity’s historical legacy and the positive contributions it has made to the world, as well as the personal difference that faith makes, and how to discuss these ideas with objectors.
CONTENTS: Videos, Handouts, Quiz

Lesson 6
In Parts A and B of Lesson 6, Ridley Principal Brian Rosner promotes the value of subjective arguments in Christian apologetics. Areas discussed include the ‘reasons of the heart’, the God-shaped hole, and universal human longings such as the longing for transcendence and the longing for justice.
CONTENTS: Videos, Handouts, Quiz, Final Quiz, Subject Feedback Survey

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